Honeymoon in Himachal
Himachal Tour Duration:
Himachal Pradesh, the beautiful land of picturesque and wondrous mighty Himalayas is a coveted honeymoon destination for couples from all across the country. Himachal Pradesh entices its incumbents with infinite natural beauty. The most visited destinations of Himachal Pradesh that tops the tourist charts are Shimla, the capital; Manali, the abode of peace and snow; Kullu, the valley of conifers; and Chandigarh the dual capital of Punjab and Haryana.
An eight nights and nine days special Himachal package can be attractively designed for honeymoon couples in which they shall enjoy the best of Himachal Pradesh. The package shall be all inclusive of commutation, accommodation, food and local sight-seeing. The package can also be customized according to individual preferences and destinations. The duration of the package can also be adjusted according to budget and destination choices.
Day 1Travel from Delhi to Shimla (343 kms in 8 hrs)
Day 1 shall start with arrival at New Delhi. Tour representative shall be welcoming and accompanying you and settling you for a breezy transportation into the lap of Himalayas, Shimla. Shimla is a remarkable town, bustling and bubbling with a constant inflow of tourists. It is a place to make merry, shop, eat and be in a natural hilly paradise. Shimla is renowned for being the summer capital of British India. It is presently the buzzing capital of Himachal Pradesh. Set against the backdrop of the snow-capped Shivalik Mountain range, Shimla is an ideal destination to enjoy with your loved one. On reaching Shimla, check-in at the hotel with be followed by a day at leisure. Overnight stay is in Shimla.
About Shimla: Shimla is popularly called the Queen of Hill Stations because of its unique beauty. During the British rule, Shimla was set up as the summer capital in the 19th century. The British officials used to move to Shimla during the scorching summer heat burning the plains of Northern India. Shimla is thus replete with the colonial charm in the form of the building and structures that still stand as remnants of British Raj. Shimla has attained its name from “Goddess Shyamala” (an avatar of Goddess Kali). With cool pleasant summers and plenty of sunshine and sub-zero temperatures in winter, Shimla is a powerful tourist haunt all through the year. It is an all-time favourite place close to the heart of the tourists.
Day 2 Day trip to Kufri, Chail and Fagu from Shimla
Plan the first day in Shimla with a pleasant visit to the picturesque Kufri, Chail and Fagu by road that completes the day trip perfectly. Overnight stay at Shimla.
Kufri is a small and beautiful hill station situated just 20 kilometres from Shimla. Kufri is especially popular among trekkers who trek to nearby and far off destinations situated in the midst of Himalayas such as Manali, Shimla, Rewalsar, Fagu and Chail. Kufri, Shimla and Chail form a golden triangle and are all epitomes of mountain beauty. Nature is to be found in its own glory, surrounded by dense cedar wood forests and snow-capped lofty mountain ranges. These are premium destinations to relax and chill. Kufri is a favourite ski resort situated at an altitude of 2500 metres and being situated at a distance of just 1 hour from Shimla. Kufri is a thick carpet of white snow in the winters. Himachal Tourism runs the quaint Café Lalit in Kufri. You can also enjoy the visit to the mini zoo.
Chail is situated close to Kufri and can be reached by a fascinating drive that unfolds the brilliant beauty of the Himalayas. Chail is located at an approximate distance of 55 kilometres from Shimla via the Kandaghat-Chail-Kufri Road and takes a bit less than 2 hours to reach from Shimla. Chail is famous for having the highest cricket pitch in the world. It exudes an unbroken calmness and peace and the thick cover of mighty deodar and pine trees offers a quiet closeness to nature. Chail is also famous for the architecturally brilliant Chail Palace. The palace provides luxury accommodation in the lap of pristine nature and an unforgettable view of twinkling lights of the city from far below and the shining lights of the stars above.
- Fagu is around 6 kms from Kufri along the Hindustan-Tibet Road. The mountain terrain leading to Fagu presents some breath-taking panoramic views. Fagu is another mesmerizing hill station 22 kilometres away from Shimla. The blissful morning walks among the apple orchards and the potato fields. It is nature’s feast and a place without the humdrum of social life, the blaring horns and the glaring shops. Just enjoy the nothingness and feel the peace and tranquillity of the closeness of nature and Himalayas at an arm’s reach. It is very cool even in peak summers and if nature is benevolent you might get a snow shower even in April.
Day 3 Shimla local Sightseeing
Mall Road: Mall Road is the life line of Shimla. The tourist’s favourite. It is the lane to wander about idly, eat, drink and enjoy the beauty of Shimla. The Ridge is located one level up the Mall. The Mall has the important offices located along it, such as, the Municipal Corporation and the police headquarters. Vehicles are not allowed to enter the Mall Road of Shimla so it has become a favourite promenade of the tourists, both Indian and Foreigners.
Scandal Point: The mystery engulfing this much-talked about busy intersection of the Ridge and the Mall Road still continues to intrigue the modern minds. One of the most popular stories that go is that the ruler of Patiala had eloped with the daughter of the then British Viceroy from this point. The Maharaja was then forbidden from entering Shimla and in retaliation he had set up a new summer capital, which is known as the famous Chail now situated at a distance of around 45 kilometres from Shimla.
Jakhu/Jhakoo Temple and Jakhu/Jhakoo Hill: It is a very old temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman perched atop the Jhakoo Hill. It offers some outstanding views of the Shivalik ranges and the sleepy little town of Sanjauli. Jakhoo Hill is one of the primary tourist attractions in Shimla and is located 1 kilometre from the Ridge 8,000 feet above sea level. This is the highest peak in Shimla and offers a panoramic view of the city of Shimla and also the surrounding verdant valleys and the mighty snow-covered Himalayan ranges. The legendary and famed Jhakoo Temple is believed to exist since the times of Ramayana. It is an ancient temple at least a century old and attracts devotees, trekkers and mountaineers alike. The holy temple can be reached after a trek of 30 minutes from The State Library through the dense mountain forests. Ponies also ply for those who would not choose to take the hilly trek.
Tara Devi Temple: Tara Devi Temple is a famed 250 years old temple dedicated to Goddess Tara Devi. It is around 11 kilometres from Shimla at a height of around 1851 meters. Tara Devi Temple has a unique history of its own. The story goes that goddess Tara Devi was brought by a King of the Sen Dynasty of Bengal to Himachal Pradesh from West Bengal. The King believed in carrying his family idol around the upper torso of his arm. One day while the King Bhupendra Sen was hunting in the dense forests of Juggar, he fell asleep and in his sleep he dreamt of Goddess Tara and her consorts Dwarpal Bhairav and Lord Hanuman appearing before him with the request to unveil them before the common people. This dream encouraged Raja Bhupendra Sen to donate around 50 bighas of land for the purpose of constructing a temple. He also financed the temple construction. The first Idol was carved out of wood but later the ‘Ashtadhatu’ deity, which can be seen today, was established.
Day 4 Shimla – Manali (309 kms/7hrs)
In the morning, the road travel to Manali takes you through a winding terrain crossing the beautiful Himalayas offering a thousand brilliant picturesque view of the snow-capped mountain ranges. After reaching this picture-perfect destination, check in to the hotel. Take in the scattered beauty of the sleepy hilly hamlets and the thick forest cover along with the beauty of Beas as it weaves through the stupendous Himalayan ranges. Later on visit the ancient and famous Hadimba Devi Temple that has remarkable wood carving, the enthralling and peaceful Tibetan Monastery and get back to Hotel for the night stay.
Manali: Manali is spread across the beautiful and green Beas valley. Manali spells out infinite opportunities for mountain adventures. This hill station situated at a height of 3000 metres above sea level draws tourists, honeymooners and backpackers all thorough the year. Manali is replete with wild adventures such as trekking, climbing, rafting and skiing and all fun snow activities. The cool and pure mountain air set against the sky-high peaks is a dream retreat for tired souls travelling from the bustling cities. Manali sees a huge tourist rush as it also serves as the gateway to mountain paradise of Lahaul and Spiti district and to the famous Leh. Manali is stunning with fruit orchards, winding Beas, the green dense forests, the towering snow-covered mountain peaks and quaint habitats.
Day 5 Manali (Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley)
One of the primary attractions of Manali as a hill station is the Solang Valley and also you should pay a visit to the famous Rotang Pass.
Rohtang Pass: The Rohtang Pass is a mountain pass at a considerable height located on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayan Mountains. It is at a distance of about 51 km from Manali. Rotang Pass is extremely picturesque and is the highest point on the Manali-Keylong connecting road. The height of 4112 meters above sea level offers stunning view of the locale. The Rotang Pass is operational and is open to tourists only during the summer months and closes down at the onset of autumn. This Pass offers excellent trekking opportunities for enthusiastic mountaineers and adventure seekers. Honeymoon couples will find untouched beauty in its primitive form and ample privacy.
Solang Valley: This valley is fun-filled and offers varied fun activities on snow. Play with snow and get the best ever view of the Himalayan glaciers. In the morning, proceed to visit the Solang Valley, which offers fine view of glaciers and snow-capped peaks. It is complete package of serenity, pure natural beauty and man-made excitement. Solang Valley is a bustling sports hub situated about 10 kilometres from the main city of Manali. A height to offer you cool snow view and a lot of powdery snow to play with, Solang Valley is situated at a distance of 14 km northwest of Manali. It comes on the way to the famous Rohtang Pass. The exciting summer and winter sport options such as parachuting, paragliding, skating, various snow rides such as tube ride and yak ride and zorbing are primary attractions of Solang Valley. The altitude of approximately 8500 feet is a pure bliss.
Day 6 Manali Day Trip to Kullu and Manikaran
In the morning, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Manali, including a forage into the adjacent Kullu Valley and Manikaran. Overnight stay in Manali.
Kullu: The small mountain town of Kullu is the capital town of the Kullu District. Kullu plays a prominent role in the tourism of Himachal Pradesh. Kullu is located on the picture-perfect banks of the beautiful Beas River. This extensive valley is formed by Beas and lies between Manali and Largi. Apart from the majestic hills that form the backdrop of Kullu Valley. This valley is famous for its beauty and its majestic hills covered with pine and deodar forest and expansive apple orchards. Kullu Valley lies in a cosy fold of the Pir Panjal ranges and also flanked by the Lower Himalayas and the Great Himalayas.
Manikaran: It is located at an approximate distance of 35 km from Kullu in the Parvati Valley on the Parvati River. Befitting the names of the valley and river, Manikaran is a famous pilgrimage spot. The hot water springs attract a lot of curious visitors who even look for various healing therapies. An experimental plant has also been set up here to analyse the effects of the spring waters. This religious destination of Hindus and Sikhs is unique. It is a common practice to tie rice and dip into the waters for it to get cooked in the boiling waters of the spring, which is then eaten as ‘prasad’ God’s gift.
Day 7 Trip from Manali to Chandigarh (276kms in 8hrs)
Early morning checkout from the hotel at Manali and transfer by road to Chandigarh. After reaching Chandigarh, check in at the hotel. Post lunch in the early evening, a short sight-seeing trip of the City of Gardens. Overnight stay in Chandigarh.
About Chandigarh: Chandigarh is a beautifully organized and planned city. It is a union territory and surprisingly serves as the capital of two Indian states, Haryana and Punjab. The name ‘Chandi’ is after a Hindu Goddess and ‘garh’ refers to fort. Chandigarh harbours and ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi.
Get a guardian angel for Chandigarh sight-seeing – Meet the man who has been featured in the New York Times and Times of India who shows curious and happy tourists all around the city in return of nothing. He is Mr. Narinder Singh and he has been serving this cause for the last few decades. It is a pleasure to have him as your guiding angel.
Pinjore Garden: The garden situated in the Chandigarh-Shimla Road lies approximately 20 km away from Chandigarh on the foothills of Shiwalik Ranges. It contains a mini zoo and a beautiful plant nursery and also a fascinating Japanese Garden.
Rock Garden: Rock Garden was laid out by Nek Chand and is a very popular garden on account of its uniqueness. It was initially created from sculpted figures made of recycled materials. This garden was established single-handedly by this creative spirit and is spread over an area of around 12 acres.
Day 8 Road trip from Chandigarh to Delhi (256 kms in 8 hrs)
After the morning breakfast at the hotel and drive back to Delhi, en-route you can visit Kurukshetra, the famous site for the mythological Mahabharata and you can also do some shopping at the local market. Then proceed towards Delhi. On arrival at Delhi check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 9 Last day of the trip, departure from Delhi
After a quick breakfast at the hotel in Delhi, you shall be transferred to the railway station or airport for your onward journey back.